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  • Proposed Approval of Alabama's Air Plan - PSD Replacement Units  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve changes to the Alabama State Implementation Plan (SIP) that were provided by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) to EPA in letters dated May 7, 2012 and August »

  • ADEM Rule Revisions Effective December 7, 201  - 

    Rule changes to Division 1, General Administration were proposed June 20, 2018 and became effective December 7, 2018. These changes relate to the membership of the Environmental Management Commission of ADEM and also clarify where records of the »

  • Proposed Rule: Air Plan Approval; Regional Haze Progress Report  - 

    EPA is proposing to approve a SIP revision submitted June 26, 2018 by ADEM. EPA is proposing to approve Alabama's determination that the State's regional haze plan is adequate to meet reasonable progress goals (RPGs) for the first implementation »

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  • Proposed SIP Revision - Significant Emission Rate for Ammonia  - 

    Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is proposing a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision to include a Significant Emission Rate (SER) for Ammonia (NH3) as a precursor in the formation of secondary fine particulate matter with an »

  • REMINDER: Required Maricopa County Annual Emissions Inventory  - 

    On February 1, 2019, Maricopa County Air Quality Division (MCAQD) mailed out the 2018 emission inventory reports. If your facility received an emission inventory report, please complete the report and submit by May 13, 2019 (due date).Facilities »

  • Quick Regulatory Updates  - 

    Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) is proposing changes to the following Rules:Rule 321 affecting Municipal Waste Landfills. MCAQD is proposing to change the applicability date from May 30, 1991 to July 17, 2014 and revising Section 300 »

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  • Denver Ozone Redesignation Summary & FAQs  - 

    BackgroundThe Denver Metro/North Front Range (DMNFR) area is currently designated as attainment or unclassifiable for all criteria pollutants with the exception of the 8-hour ozone standard, for which the area is currently designated as "moderate" »

  • Regional Haze Rule Second Planning Period  - 

    The Regional Haze Rule (RHR) establishes a comprehensive visibility protection program for Class I areas and requires states to set reasonable progress goals (RPGs) towards achieving natural visibility conditions in all Class I areas by 2064. EPA »

  • Serious Ozone Nonattainment May Come Sooner  - 

    The reclassification of the Denver Metro North Front Range (DMNFR) area from moderate to serious nonattainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) may occur sooner than previously anticipated, following the recent »

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  • IDNR Air Quality Contact Meeting  - 

    The IDNR is soliciting agenda items for the next Air Quality Contact Meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Agenda items should be submitted to Matthew Johnson by May 2 and include the name of the item, who will lead the »

  • Regional Haze and Prong 4 SIP Revisions  - 

    The IDNR is holding a public comment period on the proposed Regional Haze and Prong 4 (State Implementation Plan) SIP Revisions until April 29th. Revisions include:IDNR requesting EPA fully approve Iowa's regional haze SIP as meeting all applicable »

  • Reporting Reminders (April 2019 Update)  - 

    Minor Source Emission Inventory Questionnaires (MSEIQs) are due May 15, 2019 for emission year 2018 for minor source facilities in the east section of Iowa (Field Offices 1 & 6) and portable plants. MSEIQ forms and instructions are available on the »

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  • Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference April 23-24, 2019  - 

    Mark your calendar to attend the 6th Annual Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference (MECC) which will take place April 23-24, 2019 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. This conference will provide a regional perspective »

  • Annual Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Reports due July 1st  - 

    In preparation for the annual Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reports due July 1st, US EPA has updated all of their chemical/category-specific TRI guidance documents. Here is a comprehensive list of the various chemical/category specific »

  • Reminder of the Month - Boiler MACT Compliance Certification Due January 31st  - 

    Is your facility subject to the major source Boiler MACT requirements (40 CFR 63, Subpart DDDDD)? January 31st is an important deadline for facilities to submit their required compliance certification reports.A facility is designated as a major »

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  • Friendly Emissions Inventory Reminder!  - 

    The Kentucky Emissions Inventory System (KyEIS) emission survey responses are due on April 15th. Applicable sources are required to provide information on calendar-year process rates and fuel usage through the survey, in order to calculate actual »

  • Kentucky Office Announcement - Visible Emissions Certified  - 

    It is common for stationary sources to discharge visible emissions into the atmosphere. These visible emissions, referred to as plumes, can appear as either black or white smoke. Plumes are judged based on their opacity (i.e., the degree to which »

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  • LDEQ Finalizes AQ380S - Project Emissions and Offset Requirements  - 

    The rule AQ380, "Project Emissions Accounting and Offset Requirements in Specified Parishes," was originally proposed on September 20, 2018 to amend LAC 33:III.504 - Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) Procedures and Offset Requirements in »

  • LDEQ Finalizes a Revision to the Water Quality Regulations  - 

    On May 20, 2019, LDEQ finalized a revision to LAC 33:IX.Chapter 23, Definitions and General Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) Program Requirements.  This revised rule (§2315 Exclusions - A.8) adds water transfer discharges to »

  • LDEQ Proposed Air Quality Updates  - 

    Proposed AQ382 - Incorporating Test ResultsThe LDEQ proposed changes to LAC 33:III.523.A and LAC 33:III.537.A in reference to incorporating the test results. The proposed rule amends LAC 33:III.537.A - Louisiana General Condition I to specify that »

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  • CO2 Budget Trading Program  - 

    On December 11, 2018, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), Air and Radiation Administration, incorporated revisions to their Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Budget Trading Program codified in Title 26 of the Code of Maryland Regulations Subtitle »

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  • MassDEP 2017 Source Registrations Now Due  - 

    Source Registration (SR) web forms for 2017 - including those for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reporting - are now available for certain Operating Permit facilities ONLY. These facilities have been notified that the deadline for filing their »

  • Proposed Amendments to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan  - 

    The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) published the proposed amendments to the in 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 40.0000: Massachusetts Contingency Plan. For reference, these regulations address the »

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  • MPCA Winter Air Modeling Seminar  - 

    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) hosted a winter air modeling seminar on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in their St. Paul office. The event fostered conversation regarding air modeling, inventory, and monitoring, and featured presentations »

  • MPCA Adopts Proposed Exempt Source and Conditionally Insignificant Activities Rulemaking Updates  - 

    On November 5, 2018 the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) officially adopted rule updates to the exempt source/conditionally insignificant activities chapters in the Minnesota Administrative Rules. The rules were published in the January 7, »

  • Exempt Source and Conditionally Insignificant Activities Rulemaking Updates  - 

    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is in the process of amending portions of chapters 7005, 7007, 7008, 7011, and 7019 of the Minnesota Administrative Rules. The purpose of these amendments is to clarify how small air pollution emitting »

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  • Ozone Daily Forecasts Begin April 1  - 

    MDEQ issues daily ozone forecasts from April 1 to October 31 for DeSoto County, the Jackson Metro area, and the Gulf Coast. These forecasts keep residents and industries apprised of the current ozone conditions and alert them if an Air Quality »

  • Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) News for March 2019  - 

    Jennifer Milner, State Recycling Coordinator for MDEQ's Recycling and Waste Reduction Branch, was recently announced as a winner in Waste360's fourth annual 40 Under 40 Awards Program which honors leaders who are shaping the future of the waste and »

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  • New Montana Registration Program for Aggregates, Ready-Mix, and Asphalt Industry  - 

    In May 2019, Montana's Air Quality Bureau announced a new air registration program to replace the current air permitting process for crushers and screens, concrete batch plants, and asphalt plants. The new program is intended to streamline the »

  • Montana CAAAC Meeting Updates  - 

    The latest Montana Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) meeting was held on February 7, 2019. The main CAAAC meeting topics included a portable source registration program and a regional haze update.Portable Registration ProgramThe Montana »

  • PM10 Nonattainement Area Redesignation To Attainment  - 

    The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has formally requested redesignation of several PM10 nonattainment areas (NAA) in the state of Montana to attainment. Currently the following areas are proposed to be redesignated as attainment »

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  • EPA TRI Inquiries  - 

    Starting in 2019, Trinity has noticed an uptick in TRI inquiries sent by EPA to facilities in Nebraska. The inquires cover the reporting years 2013-2017 and are as a result of data quality issues flagged by EPA while reviewing submitted TRI data. »

  • Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference April 23-24, 2019  - 

    Mark your calendar to attend the 6th Annual Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference (MECC) which will take place April 23-24, 2019 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. This conference will provide a regional perspective »

  • Annual Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Reports due July 1st  - 

    In preparation for the annual Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reports due July 1st, US EPA has updated all of their chemical/category-specific TRI guidance documents. Here is a comprehensive list of the various chemical/category specific »

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  • Clark County DAQ Launches ''List Server'' Feature  - 

    This month Clark County Department of Air Quality (DAQ) launched its “List Server” feature. “List Server” provides a method for Clark County DAQ to distribute various email notifications and alerts to interested persons. Registered participants can »

  • Public Comment Period Open for Las Vegas Valley Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan  - 

    Clark County Department of Air Quality (DAQ) is required to submit a plan demonstrating how the Las Vegas Valley will maintain attainment of the carbon monoxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard for a second 10-year period following the »

  • Clark County DAQ to Implement Adjusted Fee Schedules  - 

    Clark County Department of Air Quality (DAQ) updates their fee schedules annually to reflect the previous year's Urban Consumer Price Index. Updated fee schedules, effective March 1, 2019, have been prepared for the following: Major Sources, Minor »

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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

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New Mexico

  • NMED Announces Minor Source Emissions Inventory for 2020  - 

    The NMED has provided advance notification of a Minor Source Emissions Inventory requirement for the 2020 calendar year (under NMAC). All permitted sources and NOI sources will need to collect actual emission data during 2020, and report »

  • New Mexico Governor Signs Executive Order Committing State to Climate Change Action  - 

    On January 29, 2019, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham kicked off a series of broad, state-level initiatives designed to limit adverse climate change impacts in New Mexico. She did this by signing the Executive Order on Addressing Climate Change and »

  • Approaching Regulatory Deadlines  - 

    As we are approaching the end of January, several reports are coming due in the next few months.March1 - Tier II Report1 - NMED Excess Emissions15 - Bernalillo County Emissions Inventory Reporting31 - Stormwater Monitoring Reports31 - GHG Mandatory »

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New York

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North Carolina

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  • Environmental, Health, and Safety Audit Privilege Act  - 

    Following is a quick summary of Oklahoma's new Audit Privilege Act based on a presentation from Stephen Baldridge, Senior Counsel to Oklahoma Secretary of Energy & Environment, at the June 20th EFO Regulatory Newsreel:Effective date is 11/1/2019The »

  • Revised DEQ Guidance for Representative Samples  - 

    After reviewing industry comments, the Oklahoma DEQ has released a revised proposed guidance document for determining when to use a representative analysis for oil and gas facilities. The document also details criteria on how representativeness is »

  • Responding to a DEQ NOD  - 

    During the typical DEQ air permit application review process, the DEQ permit engineer will occasionally have questions or need clarifications on certain aspects of the application. Often a Notice of Deficiency (NOD) is issued to relay the »

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  • Canada's Environmental Emergency (E2) Regulations 2019  - 

    Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has published the new "The Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019" in the Canada Gazette. The new regulations come into force on August 24, 2019, and facilities will have six months from the date of »

  • Ontario's Emissions Performance Standards (EPS)  - 

    The MECP has currently proposed a new Greenhouse gas (GHG) Framework for the Industrial Sector that will closely mirror the Federal output based pricings system (OBPS) GHG framework under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.Ontario's new »

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  • DEQ Requesting Comments on Draft Recommended Procedures for Cleaner Air Oregon  - 

    Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) continues to update its website with information surrounding the Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO) regulations finalized in November 2018. Recently, DEQ posted "Draft Recommended Procedures for Conducting »

  • Oregon DEQ Releases Clean Air Oregon Prioritization Results  - 

    On March 1st, 2019, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released the Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO) prioritization results, which identified facilities in Oregon that will likely be called into the program during the first 12 months »

  • Gearing up for Cleaner Air Oregon  - 

    Under Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO) rules codified in Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 340-245, new facilities will need to identify potential air toxics emissions and assess associated risks before submitting an air permit application. Additionally, »

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  • PA EQB Proposes New Fee Schedule  - 

    The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB) issued a new proposed rulemaking which will increase existing plan approval fees, operating permit fees, and Title V operating permit fees. The proposed rule also includes new fees to address »

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  • TCEQ Updates to NSR Permitting Tools  - 

    As previously discussed in recent Trinity Consultants Texas eNews articles, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) now requires the use of two Excel workbooks intended to streamline the New Source Review (NSR) permit application »

  • Streamlining the Application Process in 2019  - 

    Streamline. This one word effectively summarizes the TCEQ Air Permits Division's message from the 2019 TCEQ Trade Fair. In addition to requiring use of the New Source Review (NSR) electronic workbook and the electronic modeling evaluation workbook »

  • TCEQ 2019 Trade Fair Updates for NSR Workbook and EMEW  - 

    As debuted back in October 2018, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has created two workbooks, a New Source Review (NSR) application workbook and an electronic modeling evaluation workbook (EMEW), in order to increase consistency, »

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  • EPA Proposes a Clean Data Determination for the Salt Lake PM2.5 Serious Non-Attainment Area  - 

    On June 5, 2019 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed in the Federal Register (FR) (84 FR26053) to make a clean data determination (CDD) for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) Salt Lake City, Utah, (UT) Nonattainment Area. »

  • Air Quality Research in Utah  - 

    In September of 2018 a new consortium was formed by UDAQ to develop scientific solutions to Utah's unique air quality problems with others in the local research and regulatory spheres. The initiative is identified as the Air Quality Research Roadmap »

  • UDAQ to Amend Source Category Exemptions  - 

    Utah Administrative Code (UAC) R307-401 currently requires a source with the potential to exceed the small source exemption thresholds described in UAC R307-401-9 to submit a notice-of-intent (NOI) air quality application and receive an approval »

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  • DEQ Reissues Three VPDES Permits  - 

    Effective July 1, 2019, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has reissued three General Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits. The three general permits to be reissued are:General VPDES Permit for »

  • Virginia Cap and Trade Rule Approved by Air Quality Board  - 

    On April 19th, the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board (Board) approved a new regulation to reduce and cap carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) from large fossil fuel fired electric power generating facilities. When implemented, this regulation »

  • DEQ Proposes Revisions to 3 VPDES Permits  - 

    The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed to revise and reissue three General Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits. The proposed language was published in the October 29, 2018 Virginia Register of »

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Washington, DC

  • DOEE Proposes GHG Intensity Limits for Fuels Used in Fuel-Burning Equipment  - 

    On July 1, 2019, the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) proposed amendments to Chapter 8 of the District's air quality regulations that complement the goals of the Sustainable DC and DC Clean Energy Plans. The DC Clean Energy plan was »

  • DOEE Publishes Title V Reporting Guidance Letter  - 

    On January 31, 2019, the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) published guidance for Title V permit holders regarding their annual compliance certifications. The guidance letter provides information on updates to the submission process and »

  • DOEE Finalizes Updates to RACT Regulations  - 

    On November 27, 2018, the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) finalized amendments to regulations related to Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) requirements codified in Title 20, Subtitle A, Chapter 8 of the »

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  • State Oil Production at Highest Level in 25 Years  - 

    Wells completed in 2018 contributed nearly a quarter of the state's 88 million barrels of oil produced last year, a yearly total that has not been reached since 1993. Natural gas production in 2018 slightly increased from the previous year to more »

  • Revisions to Wyoming Waste Rules  - 

    The Wyoming Solid and Hazardous Waste Division has revised Chapters 4 (Construction and Demolition Landfill Regulations) and 6 (Transfer, Treatment, and Storage Facility Regulations) of the Solid Waste Rules and Regulations. The revisions »

  • 2018 Report Card on Ambient Air Quality and Changes to Wyoming's Ambient Monitoring Network  - 

    States run a network of monitors to determine whether ambient air quality is in compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (as well as additional state standards, in the case of Wyoming). If the monitors show high levels of »

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